English: Photograph of the Royal Albert Hall, South Kensington, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In the northern side of South Kensington, Westminster, London, England you can find one of the world’s most famous theatres – The Royal Albert Hall. It has 5,272 seats plus standing areas and a stage. The Royal Albert Hall receives no public or government funding as it is a registered charity in London.
In 1871, the Royal Albert Hall was opened by Queen Victoria and since that time some of the worlds leading performers from various genres have made their appearance on its stage. It is one of the most distinctive buildings in the UK. Every single year it holds concerts for pop, rock, and classical performers. You can also attend sporting events, the ballet, opera, and other community and charity events. It has more than 350 events to choose from each eyar.
Most people do not remember that it was almost known by another name as it was originally going to be called The Central Hall of Arts and Sciences. While the foundation was being laid though, Queen Victoria decided to name it after her late husband, Prince Albert, and it came to be known as the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences.
English: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The biggest period of renovations occurred between 1996-2004 when a £20 million grant from the Heritage Lottery allowed them to make man changes and updates to bring it into the next century. New chairs, new carpet, and many other updates were made. It was a huge undertaking but the goal was to keep the Victorian identity that it was originally built with.
Since 2004 there have been other minor renovations. In 2011 the backstage area was renovated to create more space for changing rooms. In 2012 more renovations were done in the changing areas and in the staff canteen areas, too. In 2013 renovations in the front area added more bathrooms, a café, and multiple spaces for shops.
The Royal Albert Hall is a theatre that has had a long life. Many who live in London will have personal memories of concerts and events that they have attended there. People from around the world stop to take in concerts or just to walk through the gardens or enjoy the beautiful architecture when they visit London.
Without a doubt, The Royal Albert Hall will continue to be part of our history and our heritage. It will be cherished and those who are able to visit it in really life are very lucky indeed. I hope to be able to check it out for myself one day!
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